- Physiotherapy in Canada
- Before You Come to Canada
- Becoming a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada
- Finding a Job in Canada
- Provincial and Territorial Regulators
- Additional Resources
Physiotherapy in Canada
Physiotherapy is the fifth largest regulated occupation in Canada. One-half of all physiotherapists work in or own a private practice. Other physiotherapists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centres, patients’ homes, homes for the aged, summer camps, schools, sports centres and industrial work sites.
In Canada, physiotherapy is a regulated profession. To work as a physiotherapist, you must register with the regulatory body in the province or territory where you work.
The Alliance carries out credential evaluation and administers examinations for competency on behalf of most of the provincial and territorial regulators. The Alliance’s assessments and examinations do not give you the right to practise or register as a physiotherapist in Canada. Each provincial and territorial regulator may have additional requirements. The Alliance provides information to the regulators on credentials and qualifications, and the regulators decide who can and who cannot receive a licence to practise.
Before You Come to Canada
While you are waiting to go to Canada, there are many important things you can do to improve your chances for success.
The FCRO provides you with helpful resources such as the Planning to Work in Canada? Workbook and the Working in Canada Tool. Use these resources to find and collect important information and to develop your job-search plan.
You will need to prove your language skills in English or French or take a test. If you need to improve your language skills, start before you come to Canada.
Your official education, work and identity documents are important. It is much easier for you to gather and organize your documents while still in your home country.
Make sure you understand translation requirements. In some cases, you will have to use a professional translation service in Canada or a certified translator.
Becoming a Registered Physiotherapist in Canada
There are a number of steps to becoming a registered physiotherapist in Canada:
- You must decide in which province or territory you want to work. Next, you must find out what requirements you will need to meet to work there by contacting the regulator in that province or territory. Find links to the regulators.
For most regulators, you must complete The Alliance’s Educational Credentials and Qualifications Assessment. You can begin this before you come to Canada.
- This assessment ensures that your education and qualifications are similar to the education and qualifications of a Canadian-educated physiotherapist.
- You will need to prove your language skills or take a language test.
- You must pay fees for the assessment.
For the province of Quebec, you must apply to have your credentials assessed by l’Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (in French only).
For most regulators, you must pass the Physiotherapy Competency Examination (PCE) administered by The Alliance.
- The PCE has two parts: a written component and a clinical component. You must pass the written component before you can take the clinical component.
- You must pay fees to take the examinations.
For the province of Quebec, you may have to take courses or meet other requirements.
- You must apply to the regulator in your chosen province or territory for a licence or registration. Requirements differ for each province and territory.
- In some provinces or territories, you can apply for a temporary licence or registration after you register for the PCE or after you successfully complete the written component of the PCE.
Finding a Job in Canada
You should take time to research the job requirements and develop a plan for finding work.
Your provincial or territorial association may have job listings or a referral service.
Many hospitals and health centres list job openings on their websites.
Provincial and Territorial Regulators
- College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia
- College of Physical Therapists of Alberta
- Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists
- College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba
- College of Physiotherapists of Ontario
- Ordre professionnel de la physiothérapie du Québec (in French only)
- College of Physiotherapists of New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists
- Prince Edward Island College of Physiotherapists
- Newfoundland & Labrador College of Physiotherapists
- Telephone: 709-753-6527
- Yukon Consumer Services